Consult with your landlord first
Before you begin thinking outside the box with your decorating plans, it is well worth talking to your landlord about whether they would mind you painting and decorating the room. Be prepared to let them know what changes you want to make and have samples of paint colors or wallpaper for them to see. You will have to undertake that:
Admittedly this is a rather involving list of conditions. But you might find that most landlords will allow their tenants to create their dream nursery within their rental home.
You might find though that your landlord is not prepared to allow you a free decorating rein, which is within his rights. It's also possible that the thought of redecorating before you move home just seems like too much work. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun and baby-friendly ways that you can decorate the nursery within your rental home, without having to paint or make any other long-term changes to the room.
Here are some great ideas, hints and tips for creating the perfect nursery at your rental home:
Experiment with Bold Colors
Whilst you may not be able to add color to your walls, opting for brightly colored bed lines and accessories will really help to brighten up a traditional white walled room. Rather than view your plain white room with despair, view it as a blank canvas that you get to make your mark on! Bold primary colors are perfect for babies. If you want to inject as much color as possible then why not consider buying or making bunting from your favourite bright fabrics and draping it around your room to create a statement-making and whimsical décor.
Whilst baby bedroom furniture is traditionally sold in white or wood tones, you could also consider sourcing contemporary and modern furniture in vibrant tones to coordinate with the color scheme and theme of your room. If you can’t find what you’re looking for but are crafty, then you could even consider buying untreated wooden furniture and painting it yourself to make a real focal point of your room. Painting a dresser in a vibrant turquoise color or choosing a canary yellow for your cot will ensure that you'll quickly forget that your walls are white, rather than that shade of pink or blue that you were pining after!
Accessories are Important
No matter what the room, the finishing touches are the most important ones. Look for unusual little details and fun accessories to add to your nursery, such as playful book ends or an interesting textured rug. Wooden letters spelling out your baby’s name are a great way to personalize your nursery, and these can be placed almost anywhere:
If you don’t want your nursery to look like a cookie cutter replica from your favorite magazine or department store, then why not consider sourcing your accessories from independent stores and choose or make handmade items. Choose a handmade mobile to hang above your crib that will make a perfect focal point for your room. Alternatively you could paint a personalised picture or frame some of your favorite photographs, to hang around the room and ensure that the finished look of your nursery is uniquely yours.
Creating the perfect nursery in your rental property may well be slightly more challenging that creating the perfect nursery in a property that you own, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be achieved with ease. By choosing your theme, color scheme, and all of the unique details of your room carefully, you can design a wonderful baby room, worthy of a magazine shoot.
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